Rachel Brown-Finnis

  • Former England goalkeeper
  • Played for Liverpool, Everton and England ladies
  • Over 80 international caps
  • London 2012 Olympian
  • BBC Sport Columnist, The Women’s Football Show and BT Sport
  • @rach_brown1

Rachel is a former goalkeeper having played for top teams such as Liverpool, Everton and not to mention England.

Having started playing football at primary school, Rachel had no choice but to be part of the boy’s team, however this all changed just after her 15th birthday when she signed for Liverpool Ladies. She played there from 1995 to 1998 and in this time also made her senior England debut in February 1997. Exactly a year on she made her first home start against Germany where they won 1-0, a world cup qualifying defeat.

In 1998 Rachel made the big move to America where she attended the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, where she not only earned a degree in Sports Science but was named Goalkeeper of the year every year! She also holds the Panther’s record for the fewest goals conceded in a season.

Whilst playing for England, she went on to qualify for Women’s Euro 2001, Women’s Euro 2005 and the 2007 FIFA Women’s world cup in China, winning over 80 caps.

In 2009 she was one of the first female players to be given a central contract by the FA, a groundbreaking moment for women’s football in this country.

Rachel then moved on to play for Everton ladies, where she played from 2003 until 2014; in 2010 she played in her second FA Women’s Cup final and collected her first winners medal.

Rachel was in the 2012 Great Britain squad for the London Olympics which she describes as the peak of her career.

After retiring early in 2015, Rachel has worked in the media as a pundit and co commentator and with UCFB as an ambassador. She can regularly be found on BT Score and BBC’s Women’s Football Show. She is a keen golfer but the recent birth of her daughter has put paid to hours on the greens for now.

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